Polygonaceae
Polygonum lapathifolium

Willow Smartweed

More or less upright, branched, willowy-looking. Leaves lance-shaped, petiole with plain brown shiny appendage at base. Inflorescence on gland-coated stalks, drooping spikes of white, pink, most often greenish flowers that remain closed. Grows in moist soils, meadows, swamps, roadsides, at low to mid-elevations.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: All Summer
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Height: 8--32 inches
  • Habitat: Meadow, Bog/Fen/Wetland, Moist Riverbanks, Disturbed
  • Found In: Mt. Rainier NP, Steens, Olympic NP, West Gorge, East Gorge
  • Native: Yes